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Old 12-18-2009, 12:35 PM   #1
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Rivet Wheel wells leaking Argosy 22

On my 76 Argosy 22, after towing in the rain, I noticed some water at the wheel well cover under the sink area. What is the best way to reseal the wheel wells even if it's temporary since it's 31 degrees here and expecting a blizzard. I'm heading for Florida as soon as I install all the goodies I now have (furnace, awning,upholstery,door seal,window seals and stays) so would be nice to stay dry inside . My luck I'll have to travel 1000 miles in torrential storms like I did years ago in my Winnebagel.
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Old 12-18-2009, 01:18 PM   #2
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You could use vulcum thinned down with oderless mineral spirits and pour that mixture in between the wheel well and outer skin but some disassembly would be required for that. A temporary fix would be to clean the outside wheel well to skin joint with mineral spirits and apply a liberal coat of vulcum.

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Old 12-18-2009, 05:30 PM   #3
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I hade the same the problem on my 1976 31' sovereign the first time that I towed it the rain. Here is what I found. The wheel well linner is molded black plastic that will crack over time. If you can, remove the wheels and take a close look. I found large and small cracks that were letting the water in. To repair this I bought from a local TV store a roll of material that has a thin aluminum sheet on one side with a sticky black glue substance on the other side. The roll was a few feet long and about 12" wide. This material is easy to work with and can be cut to fit with scissors. Just cut to size and cover the area and press on. This will seal the crack and holds really well. Just to be same I also caulked the edges with vulcum. I did this about 9 years ago and no more wheel well leaks since. Hope this helps.

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These appear to be steel wheel well liners and I see the floor getting wet not the top of the liners, will be getting new tires soon as the snow (24" melts here in Maryland so will be able to take a look. Wondered about sealing the inside or how they are attached to the floor. The trailers at my brothers 130 miles away so will take a closer look to see what's up.
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These appear to be steel wheel well liners and I see the floor getting wet not the top of the liners, will be getting new tires soon as the snow (24" melts here in Maryland so will be able to take a look. Wondered about sealing the inside or how they are attached to the floor. The trailers at my brothers 130 miles away so will take a closer look to see what's up.
Leaky wheel well covers, both the metal and plastic varieties, are the result of vibration.

That vibration can be, and excessive rated tow vehicle, excessive rated torsion bars, lack of or improper running gear balance, and axles that are bottoming out.

Any one or more of the above, in time, will cause the leak problem.

Of course, sealing the leaks with Vulkem, will stop the problem, for the moment, but attention needs to be given to the "cause" of the problem. If not, the leaks will show up again.

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Old 12-20-2009, 10:11 AM   #6
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Does anyone have photos of what to do as far as access to sealing the well panels, are they bolted outside in or inside out, to much snow here to crawl around on the ground :O)
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I have plastic liners, I have a few pictures. The liners are in between the frame and the subfloor. In order to remove them either the floor has to be removed or the side skin. One could always cut them up to remove them and reinstall in pieces but that would be a bear. Both of my wheel wells were cracked and I sandwiched the plastic between two pieces of .025 aluminum and then poured thinned sealant around the perimeter to seal it the rest of the leaks up. I really made a mess doing this as I thought that I had it sealed up good initially but when I poured the thinned down sealant it ran out the bottom and all over the frame, axle, driveway, etc. It is very sealed now. I still do not have the Interior or inside skin installed yet and have been using it as an "Aluminum Tent". So far not a drop of water or speck of dust have made it inside. I think I am one of the only people that can, without a shadow of doubt, say "My Airstream Does Not Leak"
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Why can silicone not be used?
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Why can silicone not be used?
this thread is a good read. http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...fix-52218.html
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Thanks Lee. Now I get it
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